The week in government: BOS and other boards on draft Downtown Village Mixed Use zoning

by beth on November 23, 2020

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Above: These days, most meetings that used to welcome the public to attend in the Town House Hearing Room or other public facilities are accessible to the public by video/audio conference calls only.

Here are the posted committee and board meetings for this week along with my selected highlights from the agendas. All currently scheduled meetings are available to the public virtually.*

As always, be aware that changes to the meeting schedule are known to happen throughout the week. (Last week, a couple meetings popped up that I didn’t list last Monday – scroll down for those details.) For an updated list of meetings, visit the town website

Monday, November 23, 2020

  • Capital Planning Committee Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Meeting with EDC re: Route 9; Review of Draft Capital Planning Policy; ClearGov Review and Feedback

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

  • Board of Health Meeting, 4:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Vote on the appointment of per diem nurse.
  • Board of Selectmen Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Discuss and review latest draft of Downtown Business Village zoning bylaw for Mixed Use Development (VMUD); Building Dept request to waive inspection fees for restaurants
    • Planning Board Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with BOS to discuss draft of VMUD
    • Economic Development Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with BOS to discuss draft of VMUD
    • Southborough Housing Opportunity Partnership Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Joint meeting with BOS to discuss draft of VMUD
  • Southborough Trails Committee Meeting, 6:30 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Peninsula Trail to-dos; CPA funding application; Trails maintenance plan 5 yr plan
  • Cultural Arts Council Meeting, 7:00 pm @ Virtual Meeting (agenda) Agenda Highlights: Update on 2020 Grants & Financials; Grant Process 2021; ideas for 2021

Looking Back:

Below are meetings from last week that were posted after I ran last week’s list: 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

  • Community Preservation Committee Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Application Reviews – Facilities: Town House Historical Restoration; Southborough Historical Society; Trails Committee
  • Economic Development Committee Meeting (agenda, video) Agenda Highlights: Downtown Business Village District zoning possible vote on draft Design Guidelines; status of grants

*The Town intends to make each of its meetings available for viewing/listening via streaming live (and saved) video and audio on YouTube with some available for public comment by zoom. Live streaming of school committee meetings is only available for viewing via webinars. There is the caveat that there could be technical glitches that force the Town to take backup actions:

No in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on Southborough’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

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